18 days in South Africa Itinerary

18 days in South Africa Itinerary

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18 days in South Africa Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  17​h 15​min
1
Cape Town
— 4 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
2
Knysna
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Oudtshoorn
— 4 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Hermanus
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  19​h 15​min
End: Manchester

4
nights
Cape Town

Cape Town ©
Sweeping beaches, towering hilltops, and picturesque vineyards adorn the landscape of Cape Town, dominated by the imposing Table Mountain.
The Franschhoek Motor Museum and Boschendal Wine Estate are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get outdoors at Clifton Beaches and Noordhoek Beach. Step out of Cape Town with an excursion to Fairview Wine and Cheese in Suider Paarl--about 42 minutes away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Bloubergstrand Beach, learn about winemaking at Groot Constantia, see the interesting displays at District Six Museum, and kick back and relax at Muizenberg Beach.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, read Cape Town journey site .

Manchester, UK to Cape Town is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time to South Africa Standard Time is 2 hours. Traveling from Manchester in May, you will find days in Cape Town are somewhat warmer (24°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can travel to Knysna.

Things to do in Cape Town

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trips

Franschhoek, Fairview Wine and Cheese, Chapman's Peak Drive
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Franschhoek Motor Museum ©
Franschhoek Motor Museum
Bloubergstrand Beach
Bloubergstrand Beach
Noordhoek Beach ©
Noordhoek Beach

4
nights
Knysna

Knysna ©
Enshrouded in lush indigenous forest and surrounding a scenic lagoon of the same name, the Garden Route town of Knysna has plenty to offer.
Relax by the water at Brenton on Sea and Wilderness Beach. Escape the urban bustle at Elephant Sanctuary and Knysna Lagoon. Change things up with these side-trips from Knysna: Kaaiman's River (in Wilderness), Nelson Bay Cave (in Plettenberg Bay) and The Crags (Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary & Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary). And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Featherbed Nature Reserve, view the masterpieces at Jandreart Studio, browse the fresh offerings at Elephant Walk Farm Stall, and pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Trinity Church.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Knysna trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and bus from Cape Town to Knysna in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 24°C in May, and nighttime lows around 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Oudtshoorn.

Things to do in Knysna

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Plettenberg Bay, Wilderness
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Wilderness Beach ©
Wilderness Beach
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary ©
Lawnwood Snake Sanctuary
Brenton on Sea ©
Brenton on Sea

4
nights
Oudtshoorn

Oudtshoorn ©
Nestled in the arid valley of Little Karoo, the town of Oudtshoorn remains the hub of everything ostrich-related, housing the world's largest population of the flightless birds.
Visiting Swartberg Pass and Meiringspoort Waterfall will get you outdoors. De Krans Wines and Fernskloof Wines are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Get out of town with these interesting Oudtshoorn side-trips: Meiringspoort (in De Rust), Greg Kerr Art Gallery (in Prince Albert) and Calitzdorp Museum (in Calitzdorp). There's more to do: experience rural life at Safari Ostrich Show Farm and look for gifts at Lugro Ostrich Leather Products.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Oudtshoorn driving holiday site .

Drive from Knysna to Oudtshoorn in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Knysna in May since evenings lows in Oudtshoorn dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Tue) so you can travel to Hermanus.

Things to do in Oudtshoorn

Parks Wineries Nature

Side Trips

Calitzdorp, De Rust, Prince Albert
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Safari Ostrich Show Farm ©
Safari Ostrich Show Farm
Meiringspoort Waterfall ©
Meiringspoort Waterfall
Meiringspoort ©
Meiringspoort

3
nights
Hermanus

Hermanus ©
Renowned as a premier whale-watching destination, Hermanus grew from a quaint fishing village nestled on Walker Bay.
Visit Grotto Beach and Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve for some beach relaxation. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Cape Agulhas - Southernmost Tip of Africa and Cape Agulhas Lighthouse. Change things up with a short trip to Strandveld Vineyards in Elim (about 1h 05 min away). The adventure continues: stroll through Voelklip Beach, do a tasting at Domaine Des Dieux, and view the masterpieces at LEMBU gallery.

Plan my day in Hermanus using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Oudtshoorn to Hermanus takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In May in Hermanus, expect temperatures between 24°C during the day and 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Hermanus

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Cape Agulhas, Panthera Africa - Big Cat Sanctuary, Strandveld Vineyards, Waenhuiskrans Nature Reserve
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Voelklip Beach ©
Voelklip Beach
Grotto Beach ©
Grotto Beach

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